Physics of Self-Organization and Evolution

Physics of Self-Organization and Evolution

Author(s): Dr. Rainer Feistel, Prof. Dr. Werner Ebeling

Published Online: 15 SEP 2011 05:55AM EST

Print ISBN: 9783527409631

Online ISBN: 9783527636792

DOI: 10.1002/9783527636792

About this Book

This thoroughly updated version of the German authoritative work on self-organization has been completely rewritten by internationally renowned experts and experienced book authors to also include a review of more recent literature. It retains the original enthusiasm and fascination surrounding thermodynamic systems far from equilibrium, synergetics, and the origin of life, representing an easily readable book and tutorial on this exciting field.

The book is unique in covering in detail the experimental and theoretical fundamentals of self-organizing systems as well as such selected features as random processes, structural networks and multistable systems, while focusing on the physical and theoretical modeling of natural selection and evolution processes. The authors take examples from physics, chemistry, biology and social systems, and include results hitherto unpublished in English.

The result is a one-stop resource relevant for students and scientists in physics or related interdisciplinary fields, including mathematical physics, biophysics, information science and nanotechnology.

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